There are those little hole-in-wall food spots that you remember from your childhood. We try to replicate those flavors ourselves and too often come up short, but there are those times when we just might get lucky.
I grew up in a small town that had a population of about 7,000 people. Amongst the 30 square miles of land was once a gas station by the name of Gus’s. It has been re-named so many times since I was kid but the one thing it had was one heck of a steak and cheese sub. Some call it a grinder or a hoagie or a hero…I had mine with mushrooms and mayonnaise. It was delicious and filling. My husband also enjoyed his share of this exact sandwich during childhood. Of course, many sandwich stores have steak and cheese sandwiches but they haven’t even come close in comparison.
As I have stated in other posts that we use ground bison in place of beef. One day I made bison cheeseburgers. I decided to have mushrooms on mine and there it was. The flavor was reminiscent of that steak and cheese sandwich of long ago.
So, I got some rolls and toasted them in the oven, browned the ground bison and threw in some sliced mushrooms. I melted american cheese on top and nestled it in amongst the mayonnaise on the toasted sub. One bite brings you back. Now that’s nostalgia at it’s tastiest.
Do you have a favorite food from childhood that you’ve tried replicating?